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    Ashley Claire Branan of Athens became the bride of Joseph Bradley Sheffield, formerly of Statesboro, during a 5 p.m. ceremony held on April 14, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church in Athens. The Rev. David Moore officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William C. Branan of Washington, Ga., and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard F. Cobb of Athens.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ralph Sheffield of Screven, Ga.
    Given in marriage by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. William C. Branan, the bride wore a design of ivory bridal satin featuring a fitted bodice, trumpet skirt and a chapel-length train embellished with silver embroidery, crystals and pearls. Her fingertip illusion veil was attached to a tiara covered with seed pearls and crystals.
    The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory roses, peonies, calla lilies and hypericum.
    Jessica Diane Dickens of Littleton, Colo., was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jana Davis Hester of Winder, Ga., Katie Davis Huff, Dewey Rose, Molly Irene McDougall of Watkinsville, Megan Whitworth Palmer of Thomasville, Jennifer Cravens Partridge of Augusta and Margaret Kathryn Walker of Macon. Honorary bridesmaids were Meredith Len Parsons of Statesboro, Courtney Susan Parsons of Athens, Lauren Anne Ellerbee of Athens and Morgan Elizabeth Ellerbee of Watkinsville.
    Leonard F. Cobb of Athens, grandfather of the bride, was the groom’s best man. Groomsmen were Aulbert Judson Brannen and John Daniel Brannen of Statesboro, Joshua Lee Elton of Hazlehurst, Patrick Adam Tresey of Holland, Mich., Robbie Kristopher Winn of Bristol, Ga., and Jimmy Lee Winn of Screven. Ushers were William Douglas Branan of Douglasville, Dan Clarence Branan of Kennesaw.
    Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception in Hancock Hall of the First United Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Akins and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Johnson, all of Statesboro, greeted guests.
    The couple honeymooned in Cancun and Cozumel, Mexico, and now resides in Athens.

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